UN’s SDGs and ADB’s High 5s set to join forces to accelerate Africa’s development

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Sunday, African heads of states and governments met to emphasize urgent collective action and the need for greater collaboration between the United Nations and the African Development Bank to fast-track Africa’s development.

The meeting, convened by the African Development and the United Nations, is “the first of its kind” between the two institutions taking place at the UN Headquarters, UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed said.

Underscoring the strong convergence between the continent’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the African Development Bank’s High 5s, Mohammed said it was time to join forces to deliver.

“We are entering into the decade of action to deliver the SDG’s.The investment requirements are vast,” Mohammed said. “The role of the African Development Bank is crucial to help de-risk investments and attract investment flows. Africa’s premier institution needs much more support” she added.

The leaders called for additional resources to drive the urgent task of Africa’s development.

Speaking at the meeting, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina employed the members present to make it a global responsibility to close the gap by doubling efforts in getting Africa achieve the SDGs.

The two-hour meeting, moderated by the African Development Bank, was attended by seven African presidents from Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia and Lesotho, in addition to representatives of some 30 governments.

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